Sunday, April 7, 2013

ICE AGE NOW: Global Cooling Across The World - Stunning Unprecedented Late-Season Freeze Sets Baltic Ice Record, 176 Square Kilometres Covered; Returning Storks, Blackbirds And Swallows Suffer From Disastrous Prolonged Winter In Belarus; Natural Gas Levels Reach Historic Low In Germany Due To Continuously Long Winter; Pub Owner Trapped In Snow For Five Days In Derbyshire, U.K.; Rescue Team Warns Of Avalanche Danger As Snow Melts In Peak District Region, Derbyshire, U.K.; Winter Continues Into April As New Winter Storm 'Walda' To Hit U.S. This Week!

April 07, 2013 - EARTH - Ice breakers navigating the Gulf of Bothnia have been astounded at the record spread of ice on the Baltic Sea, while scientists say they have never seen anything like it. "Since record keeping began in the sixties, we've never encountered anything like this before," ice breaker Ulf Gulldne told the local newspaper Örnsköldsviks Allehanda.

On March 29th, 176,000 square kilometers of the Baltic Sea was covered in ice, a record for the time of year. On a map, it means about half of the central and northern parts are frozen over. Far north, the ice is both thick and difficult to break through.

Unprecedented Late-Season Freeze Sets Baltic Ice Record, 176 Square Kilometres Covered.
Ice breaker Tor Viking at work in the Baltic in 2011. © Ola Andersson/Scanpix

The date on which the ice reaches its maximum spread usually falls much earlier in the year. The previously latest date record was March 25th, 2008. That year, only 49,000 square kilometeres of the Baltic was covered in ice, which was the smallest maximum spread of ice in the previous 100 years.

"I've never seen this much ice this late in the season," said Karl Herlin, captain of the icebreaker Atle, currently working off the coast of Luleå in northern Sweden.

His crew is freeing up a path through the ice for the ship Rautaruukki that is picking its way to Luleå. It is one of the between five to 15 ships that Atle has assisted every day in the past week, the busiest so far this winter.

"It's kind of cool to see how the weather changes from year to year," Herlin added.

The Swedish Maritime Administration (Sjöfartsverket) has all its five icebreaking crews in service at the moment.

According to the administration's web map of the fleet's activities, the icebreaker Odin is currently leading the way through the ice for eight ships south of Skellefteå. The remaining ice breakers are near Brahestad, Nordvalen and in the bay of Gävle.

"In certain locations the ships need help because the ice has become more compact," Johny Lindvall at the Maritime Administration's ice breaking control room told TT.

Southern parts of the Baltic Sea also retain some ice all the way past Stockholm down to the archipelago outside Västervik.

"The cold is unusually stubborn, as normally the ice would have started to melt by now," said Torbjörn Grafström at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI).

At first forecasters expected the Baltic ice to reach its maximum in late January, but a prolonged spell of high pressure that arrived over in early March caused new ice to form late in the season, resulting in the record-late date. - The Local.

Returning Storks, Blackbirds And Swallows Suffer From Disastrous Prolonged Winter In Belarus.
For migratory birds, the prolonged winter has been a disaster. Without food, many of the already returned storks, blackbirds, starlings, not to mention the swallows will definitely die. For example, in March, storks are usually in a hurry to occupy the most optimal location for a nest. They are supposed to already start a family, but have nowhere to live.  - Birds, of course, have no awareness of our weather. They focus on the length of daylight hours.

For example, 40 years in a row weather conditions at this time in Belarus were quite comfortable, so the birds are accustomed to that, knowing that having arrived first one can take the most profitable territory, - says Dmitry Vintchevski, a known ornithologist, professor of zoology and human and animal physiology in Grodno State University.  - In the Grodno region we spotted many of the returning singing thrushes, cranes, larks, starlings, wagtails and more... For many of them, the prolonged winter is a death sentence. After all, it's not the cold that is a killer, but the deep snow. They can't get to the food this way.

- Birds have spent all their energy on flying back and, of course, are no longer able to return to the wintering grounds. They also don't have their fat reserves anymore. Usually, the first birds to arrive are the strongest. But today, the winners will be the weaker ones, those who will arrive last. Well, sometimes natural selection is tricky, - says Dmitry Vintchevski.  There is no doubt, that starvation will affect the number of birds, but nature will restore the balance within couple of years, if human hand won't interfere with it. And it's unlikely for some far-reaching environmental effects to occur.

But we can help our feathered friends to pass the "wintery" spring. Don't forget about the bird feeders and fill them constantly. You can also leave fish waste to storks. Apples that are laid out on the snow can help to feed smaller birds. Even clearing a portion of the ground in the back garden or lawn can help.  For now, storks have concentrated around city dumps. But even this not always saves them. There are already recorded deaths of storks in Brest. - TUT. [Translated]

Natural Gas Levels Reach Historic Low In Germany Due To Continuously Long Winter.
Gas compressor station in Saxony Sayda: The memory will slowly empty.
Because of the continued cold after a newspaper report, a lot of German gas storage are almost empty. The average level of the 48 memory was the weekend dropped to a historic low of 20 percent, the "Welt am Sonntag" reported, citing data from the European Association of Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE). In many regions of the underground caverns or porous reservoirs are even filled only to less than five percent. Low lead levels according to the report to the fact that the pressure in the reservoir decreases and the remaining gas flows slower. If there were in this situation is a failure of an import pipeline, some from Russia, could the German memory the missing gas volumes not compensate quickly enough.

Natural gas is an important energy source for Germany. 16.5 million homes are heated so. The domestic electricity production depends to about eleven percent of natural gas power plants. The "Welt am Sonntag" gives several examples of low-filled memory. Thus, the reported number four in the German market, Storengy Germany GmbH, as well as the Leipzig VNG stands at ten percent. The system controlled by a daughter Gasag Berlin natural gas storage is virtually empty. On the other hand give the Astora GmbH & Co. KG, the largest natural gas storage facility in Western Europe Rheden south of Bremen was still filled to one third. "Even if the next few days will have to freeze cold, nobody," the paper quoted one Astora spokesman. - Spiegel. [Translated]

Pub Owner Trapped In Snow For Five Days In Derbyshire, U.K.
Two landlords trapped in their pubs by snow - one of them for five days - are among Derbyshire traders counting the cost of the Easter blizzard.  Areas of the Peak District suffered snow drifts of up to 20ft (6m), blocking roads and buildings.  One pub and caravan site estimates it lost £10,000 over Easter because of the weather while another owner had to use a coal shovel to dig himself out.  With the weather finally warming, small firms hope life can return to normal.  The Bull i' th' Thorn pub, between Buxton and Ashbourne, was closed to visitors for six days with the owner Mick Coleman trapped inside for five of those.  He was looking forward to one his busiest weeks ever at the pub and estimates his losses at about £5,000 - but he is just relieved to have made it out. 

The front of The Bull i' th' Thorn was entirely blocked by a snow drift© Mick Coleman

Staff at the Duke of York pub were trapped overnight© Kieth Jackson

Meanwhile, the nearby Duke of York pub, in Pomeroy, believes it lost about £10,000 over the Easter period because of the weather and it still can not take bookings for its caravan site.  "It was frightening. It was totally black downstairs because the snow covered the front of the building," Mr Coleman said.  "I had to dig myself out with a little coal shovel because my spade was in an outhouse.  "Thankfully, because it's a pub, there were plenty of supplies and the power stayed on. It's every man's dream being trapped in a pub."  'Very eerie'  Mr Coleman was not alone trapped on the tops.  Co-owner of the Duke of York pub Keith Jackson was also stuck in his building and said the snow came down faster than anyone expected.  The main road between Ashbourne and Buxton, the A515, was blocked for several days  He was trapped for a day and his chef Ian King could not get home for several days after that.  "It's very eerie in the pub because the snow is covering the windows making it very dark," he said.  "But it's devastating for us. We were expecting to be very busy because of the Easter holidays.  "And it's not just us, it is hitting the whole local economy."  Both pubs re-opened in time for the extended Bank Holiday but the remaining snow on the ground continues to hit business.  Mr Coleman said he hoped this year's weather would eventually prove better than 2012's.  He said: "I've been here for 18 months. We had a dreadful summer last year which really hurt business and now this snow.  "It's a fabulous place to live but it's difficult to make a living." - BBC.

Rescue Team Warns Of Avalanche Danger As Snow Melts In Peak District, Derbyshire, U.K.

Edale Mountain Rescue Team is warning people that the unusual weather in the Peak District has resulted in some potentially hazardous conditions.  The heavy snow and the south easterly winds have resulted in some spectacular "cornices" on exposed edges in the Peak. Stanage Edge is particularly affected. These overhanging snow banks are often suspended over steep rock outcrops. From above they can appear solid but they will quickly collapse if walked on by the unwary.  These cornices also represent a hazard from below. As temperatures rise, the snow becomes more unstable and the cornices will collapse resulting in small avalanches. Some popular routes under the edge are particularly threatened by this and already the rescue team has already seen some significant collapses onto the Roman Road bridleway. Blocks of snow the size of washing machines have landed on the path, fortunately not while anyone was passing.  The team is keen that people should get out and experience this beautiful area during the Easter holidays, especially while the snow lasts, but is asking everyone to take extra care when around the Peak District edges. - Derbyshire Times.

Winter Continues Into April As New Winter Storm 'Walda' To Hit U.S. This Week.
A neighborhood near New Haven, Conn., is buried in snow in the aftermath of a storm that hit Connecticut and much of New England.© AP Photo/Craig Ruttle
Needless to say, it's been a long, snowy winter for many Americans.  Recent weeks have brought signs of spring to parts of the northern and central Rockies with highs in the 70s as far north as Montana. That taste of spring is about to come to a crashing halt as Winter Storm Walda brings heavy snow, high winds, and a drastic drop in temperatures as the new workweek begins.

The ingredients that will be in place this week for heavy snow in the Front Range of the Rockies.

We have a classic spring storm set to pivot out of the West into the Plains. We've already addressed the potential for an outbreak of severe thunderstorms with this bullish dip in the jet stream.

This same sharp southward dip in the jet stream, lumbering slowly east, looks poised to tap deep moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and pull it north and westward.

Monday's Rain/Snow Tuesday's Rain/Snow Wednesday's Rain/Snow Snowfall Forecast

The combination of higher elevation, strong lift in the atmosphere, and near-surface temperatures just cold enough is expected to churn out accumulating snow, heavy in spots. Let's lay out the forecast for Walda as it stands right now:

Monday: Snow, possibly heavy, spreads into the High Plains of Montana, Wyoming, the western Dakotas. Significant snow is also expected in the mountains of western Montana, Idaho, eastern Oregon, western Wyoming, Utah and northern Nevada.

The forecast is a tough one for Salt Lake City, where rain could mix with or change over to snow late Monday into Monday night. Depending on exactly how cold it gets and how quickly, a few inches of slushy snow could accumulate on the valley floor, with some limited impacts on travel.

This heavy snow will likely plunge into the northern Colorado Front Range urban corridor late Monday night. Expect a period of rain and possibly thunderstorms, changing to snow Monday night as temperatures plummet rapidly from the 40s to near 20, leading to a flash freeze. A sheen of ice may well form on roadways underneath the heavy falling snow, making travel extremely treacherous.

Strong winds and heavy snow may lead to some power outages and downed tree limbs.

Tuesday: Heavy snow likely from eastern Wyoming into northeast Colorado (including the I-25 urban corridor), western Nebraska and western South Dakota. Snow totals will exceed one foot in some areas. Strong winds may lead to blizzard conditions and subzero wind chills. Some power outages and downed tree limbs are possible due to the high winds. Significant travel impact likely on I-25, I-80, I-70, I-76 and I-90 in these areas. Flight delays, cancellations are possible to and from Denver Int'l Airport.

Wednesday into Thursday: Too uncertain to call at this time. Rain may change to wet snow farther northeast into the Upper Midwest or Northern Plains (including some portion of the eastern Dakotas, northern Ia., Minn., eastern Neb., northern Wisc., northern Michigan). But models disagree on timing and location, or whether any of the snow in this region will be particularly heavy.

WATCH: Winter's Not Over Yet For The United States.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Thousands Of Lobsters, Crabs And "Countless" Dead Fish Wash Up In Bridlington, England!

April 07, 2013 - ENGLAND - Unseasonably cold sea temperatures and prevailing easterly winds have been blamed for thousands of lobsters and crabs becoming stranded on the coast between Fraisthorpe and Barmston.

And as statistics show we have experienced the coldest March on record in more than 50 years there are fears that if the weather does not warm up soon more sea creatures could experience the same fate.

A rescue operation was underway last Thursday and Friday after the crustaceans, many of which were pregnant females, washed up on the beach.

A joint rescue operation was launched by the North Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority and the Independent Shellfisherman’s Cooperative with the help of local shellfish merchants and fishermen to ensure the survival of around 500 lobsters. Unfortunately the crabs, which were accompanied by countless dead fish, were unsalvagable.

The surviving lobsters were collected off the beach and stored in fresh water holding tanks on Bridlington’s South Pier, giving them a chance to recuperate, before being relocated back at sea on Tuesday.

Jo Ackers, company secretary of the Independent Shellfisherman’s Cooperative (Bridlington), said the recent high tides, unseasonably cold seas and strong easterly winds had caused the sea creatures to wash up on the shore.

“It was awful to see, the devastation,” Ms Ackers said.

And with lobsters unable to feed when the sea temperatures are too low, and the cold causing them to become lethargic, it is hoped the weather will start to warm up soon to help preserve stocks.

“I would hope that’s the worst of it now but we really need for the weather to warm up because these lobsters don’t eat when the sea is cold.

“With the sea being incredibly cold it puts them in quite a lethargic state, almost like hibernation.

“They are going to be very weak at a time when we would expect them to be waking up and going out to get some food.”

And while many of the lobsters have now been safely returned to sea Ms Ackers said the impact it has had on the shellfish industry might not be felt for a few years yet.

Offshore assistant environment officer Tim Cole puts washed-up lobsters back in the sea.

“There have been some pregnant females involved so if it has an impact on the industry it will be in a few years down the line,” Ms Ackers said.

The North Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority have been helping to return the lobsters to the sea around three and a half miles outside of Hornsea.

Ian Davies, assistant chief officer for the Authority’s Offshore team said in the 14 years he had been involved in the industry he had never seen lobsters stranded on shore on this scale.

Last month easterly winds were blamed for dozens of crabs, along with hundreds of mussels, and a few small fish washed up on Bridlington’s North Beach. And Anthony Hurd, of the Living Seas Centre at Flamborough told the Free Press that lobsters had been found during rock pooling sessions which was unusual.

He said: “We never normally see them that far up the shore, it’s quite unusual to do a public rock pooling walk and to find lobsters. I have never seen that in my time.”

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Foreshore Team will be contacted to arrange a clean up of the dead sea creatures. - Bridlington Free Press.

EXTREME WEATHER FLUCTUATIONS: Major Sandstorm Heads To The United Arab Emirates And Saudi Arabia This Weekend - Wind Speeds Of 25-35 Knots Expected; Could Bring Traffic To A Standstill And Cause Respiratory Diseases! UPDATE: Severely Bad Weather - Thunderstorms, Rain Lash Dubai, 36 Flights Diverted!

April 07, 2013 - MIDDLE EAST - A major sandstorm is expected to hit the UAE this weekend. The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has forecast a sandstorm to come to the UAE on Friday.

The storm is expected to create a visibility of less than 500 meters.

The sandstorm will erupt in Iraq and travel through Kuwait to hit the UAE on Friday, gripping the country for two days.

Wind speeds of 25-35 knots are expected.

In Saudi Arabia, too, a government met centre warned that the kingdom would be hit by extreme climatic conditions over the coming three days.

Meanwhile, experts at a seminar on Wednesday spoke about the nature and possible consequences of a sandstorm.

Mazen Altaruti, Managing Director, MSD Gulf, which held the seminar, said: "On an average, the UAE faces between 8 and 10 severe sandstorms each year. In many cases these sandstorms can last for several hours or sometimes even the whole day, bring traffic to a standstill, forcing places of work and school to close and significantly increasing the number of hospitalizations."

With the vast desert surrounding most areas in the UAE, the country is prone to experience sandstorms. "When the visibility reaches below 1 kph, we can speak of a sandstorm," said Sufian Farah, Weather Forecasting Specialist from the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS).

With wind speeds of 35-50 knots, dust particles are carried in the air from desert areas, and travel overland until the wind speed decreases. In the UAE, sandstorms mostly come from the south of Iraq, traveling via Kuwait into the UAE.

Officials have suggested that hospital admissions due to respiratory diseases such as asthma have increased by as much as 25 per cent over the last few years, as a result of severe weather; particularly sandstorms.

Hussain Abdel Rahman, Director of Medical Affairs and Head of the ENT Department at Dubai Hospital said: "Sandstorms are a major cause of bacterial and viral infection particular amongst those with weaker immune systems such as the elderly and pediatrics, in addition to those with compromised immune systems.

"Additionally, because of the large amount of pollen these storms carry, allergies commonly known as allergic rhinitis, are also a problem. In severe cases and when left untreated, allergic rhinitis can lead to asthma, even in patients with no previous history of this illness."

According to Hussain unawareness is a major concern, as people might not be aware of the effects a sandstorm can have on their health. "When experiencing difficulty in breathing, or hearing a soundwhen breathing, it is advisory to consult a doctor."

People aware of having allergic rhinitis, should stay inside as much as possible during a sandstorm, closing doors and windows. When one must go outside, nose and mouth should be covered.

Although it is difficult to say how often a sand storm may erupt in a year, Sufian said that in transition time between seasons, sandstorms are most common.

Western areas are most likely to be affected, although Abu Dhabi saw one of the highest sandstorm rates in 2008 - 128 events of sandstorms.

Extreme climatic conditions in Saudi Arabia

In Saudi Arabia, a government met centre warned that the kingdom would be hit by extreme climatic conditions over the coming three days.

The Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) said temperatures will rise significantly in most regions of the Kingdom from Thursday morning while cold air masses will start sweeping northern areas.

This would be accompanied by dust and sandstorm, and will be followed by a considerable drop in temperatures ranging from 5 to 10 degrees Celsius, it said.

“The climatic fluctuations will start from south and then move to southwest and the visibility will be low….cold air masses will sweep the central, eastern and western parts of the Kingdom from Friday morning onward,” it said.

Accompanied by dust, the cold air masses will affect many regions and this is likely to convert into huge sandstorms, hitting mainly open areas and expressways in the central and eastern regions, with a fall in temperatures.

Newspapers quoted PME as warning citizens and those going to sea, including fishermen, to take extra caution in such an extreme weather. - Emirates 24/7.

UPDATE: Severely Bad Weather - Thunderstorms, Rain Lash Dubai, 36 Flights Diverted.
Reem Island Abu Dhabi under sand storm. (Hussam A. Al-Abed)
The rain and thunder has begun, as forecast by the NCMS - with several readers reporting heavy rain in Jebel Ali and Tecom.

Some areas of Dubai are also reported to see heavy thunder.

The weather continues to affect flight schedules, with 36 flights diverted between last night and this morning arriving into the rain-drenched emirate.

Dubai Airports also confirmed that four of those 36 flights were diverted this morning, without commenting whether more major delays or diversions are anticipated.

In a statement to Emirates 24|7, a spokesperson from Dubai Airports said: “A total of 36 flights coming into Dubai were diverted to different airports in the UAE and neighbouring countries owing to extreme weather conditions overnight.

“Four of those flights were diverted this morning. However, of the 36 flights, 34 have so far arrived into Dubai International.”

When quizzed about further delays expected, the spokesperson added: “Passengers should check with their respective airlines about anticipated delays.”

Meanwhile, passengers have taken to Twitter about delayed flights this morning, even as the airport website confirms the same.
H Sajwani wrote: “Tweeting from inside EK 378; flight still grounded as we have a 40 minute delay due to weather conditions at Dubai Airport.”

He updated his tweet just now, adding: “No signs of push back as rain in Dubai delays departure at airport.”

The Dubai Airport website confirms that Emirates is experiencing delays on several departures this morning, including Phuket, Auckland, Guangzhou, Mauritius, Perth and St Petersburg.

Budget carrier flydubai is also experiencing delays on its Kuwait, Taif and Kabul departures. Meanwhile, its Doha 11.30am arrival has been cancelled.

Saturday blues

Thunderstorms laso lashed the UAE last night, capping a day of terrible weather – sand and dust storms making going outdoors impossible and reducing visibility for motorists.

While some international flights arriving and departing from Dubai International Airport were delayed, this flight schedule this morning seemed to be back on track according to the schedule on the airport’s website.

However, there seems to be no respite from the inclement weather, despite the haze of dust particles that seemed to have enveloped Dubai yesterday, lifting in the early morning today.

The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has forecast that the weather will be hazy to partly cloudy, and with a chance of rain.
It added that a northwesterly wind will blow over most areas causing dust to rise and reducing horizontal, especially in the western areas.

Relative humidity will increase during night and early morning.

The sea is forecast to be moderate, with a slight chance of night and early morning fog over some areas tomorrow.
Dubai Police warns motorists to drive with caution due to low visibility.

On the Twitter page of Dubai Police, a tweet went out at 5.30pm on Saturday, stating: "Please take caution on the roads due to the low visibility because of the dusty air, have a safe journey."

Five accidents were reported yesterday.

Three of the accidents took place on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.

At 7.00am an accident took place opposite Global Village, in the direction of Abu Dhabi, followed by a second accident at 11.45am opposite the Vegetable Market, in the direction of Sharjah.

A little more than an hour later, an accident took place towards Al Rashidiya bridge, in the direction of Abu Dhabi. Skeikh Zayed Road was not free of accidents; at 12.57pm an accident took place in the direction of Abu Dhabi.

On Defaa Bridge towards the Dubai Mall exit another accident took place at 11.05am.

On Saturday, an early morning drizzle in parts of the UAE gave way to severe sandy and dusty conditions, as strong winds blew across the UAE. Motorists were on the alert for rain, as a storm anticipated to hit over the weekend ended up leaving the country in a dusty and sandy haze.

The maximum expected temperatures on Saturday will be 29°C in Fujairah, 34°C in Dubai and Ajman, 35°C in Abu Dhabi, 36°C in Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain and 37°C in Ras Al Khaimah, the NCMS said.

Rain lashes RAK

Medium to heavy rain fell on Saturday in Ras Al Khaimah and continued until the early morning hours of Sunday. The rain was accompanied by lightning and thunderstorm.

The rain in most areas of the southern and northern regions has caused valleys in mountainous areas to overflow. The sky is still cloudy with prospect of more rain. - Emirates 24/7.

WATCH: Sandstorms lash Dubai.

MASS BEES DIE-OFF: Colony Collapse Disorder - Beekeeper With 5,000 Hives Experiences A 70% Die Off The Past Year In America?!

April 07, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Darren Cox recently received the American Honey Producers Association's beekeeper of the year award, the highest national honor for beekeepers.

Cox is trying to use the recognition to find a solution to stop large populations of bees from dying.

"It was quite a surprise to be able to win it," Cox said. "Coming as a Utah boy from the Beehive State, it's pretty cool."

Darren Cox recently received the American Honey Producers Association's beekeeper of the year award, the highest national honor for beekeepers.  Cox works with his bees in Hyrum.
Image: Alex Cabrero, Deseret News.

For Darren Cox, beekeeping is in his blood. His family has tended bees and harvested honey for four generations.

Cox's family started keeping bees in St. George in the late 1800s, according to the American Honey Producers Association website. In 1929, Cox Honey was incorporated as a family business.

Darren Cox bought and took over operation of Cox Honey from his father, Duane Cox, in 2002. He manages between 4,000 and 5,000 hives of honeybees. Cox lives in Cache County and owns a local honey business, but he has also branched out and now owns beehive businesses in other states.

Although Cox was excited and honored to win the award, he said there are major problems in the beekeeping industry. Several years ago, there was a sudden loss of a colony's worker bee population, with very few dead bees found near the colony, according to the Environmental Protection Agency website.

The queen and brood (young) remained, but hives cannot sustain themselves without worker bees and would eventually die.

Cox said colony collapse disorder is spreading nationwide, causing huge populations of bees to die.

"This last winter, I went through the largest die off I've ever experienced," he said. "My die-off this past winter was at 70 percent. This isn't rocket science. It's much more complicated than that."

Many beekeepers have theories to explain the large amount of dying bees, including different pesticides and chemicals, but no solutions have yet been found to prevent the deaths.

"When you get into your fruits, nuts and vegetables that require pollenization … that really gives the benefit that we need as humans to survive," Cox said. "This is where all of us, including our health officials, should take notice on what we can do to mitigate the effects to our livestock, to our pollinators."

He proposes that farmers only spray crops with chemicals during nighttime hours instead of daytime when bees are more active. Cox said something needs to change to prevent more dying bees.

Exposure to pesticides applied to crops is only one of several theories about the cause of colony collapse disorder. The EPA said other theories include the invasive varroa mite, which is a pest of honey bees, new or emerging diseases, poor nutrition, bee management stress or a combination of these factors.

Additional factors such as drought and migratory stress, brought about by the increased need to move bee colonies long distances to provide pollination services, may also play a role in colony collapse disorder. - Deseret News.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Major Solar System Disturbance - Possible Meteor Explosion Over Tosno, Leningrad Region, Russia?!

April 07, 2013 - RUSSIA - Emergencies Ministry stuff are trying to ascertain precise location of crash of unidentified celestial object wrecked near town of Tosno in Leningrad Region.

© LifeNews Online, Russia.

Life News publishes this exclusive eyewitness's photo that depicts falling of an alleged meteor.

Local resident was first who had reported about falling of an unidentified flying object from sky. He says this event happened at evening 6 April.

Evgeniy Galiev is resident of small town Tosno located in Leningrad Region. Нe turned to local Emergencies Ministry office and told that he had seen 'dark stripes that turned into bright and rushed down, supposedly from unidentified flying object'.

He provided Emergencies Ministry' stuff that arrived at site of the event photos that had been shot during the event as a proof.

At present personnel of Emergencies Ministry are trying to figure out origin of the effect that has been shot by eyewitness. They are checking flights of light aircrafts that had been performed from local airfields around time of the event.

Spokesman of Emergencies Ministry of Leningrad Region says that they still can't find any fallen object in outlined quadrant as result of preliminary search. Search is complicated because of the area is very swampy.- Life News. [Translated]